Kids, the Internet and safety & security

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I generally operated under the assumption that younger generations who’ve grown up using the Internet had a well-developed understanding of the dangers and possible risks. I figured it was just a routine part of their safety and security education as soon as they were coordinated enough to click a mouse. Essentially, virtual security rules drilled into them as vehemently as the “look left-right-left before crossing the street” and “don’t take candy from strangers” type of rules. Two recent events have given me pause about the kids and the Internet.

Not your typical alarm system

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I cannot promise you will never be robbed or your home or business won’t get burglarized if you have a verified security system, but I can promise you, if you have a verified security system, police departments are more likely to respond to the call and there will be a greater chance of capturing the intruder than with a typical alarm system.

Selling an idea to protect you

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One of the oldest and most humorous quotes from the salesperson handbook is the term “Always Be Closing”. Salespeople like to hunt, court and close business. The happiest salesperson is hunting non-stop and closing every day.

What also makes a “good” sales person happy is helping people solve problems and find the right solution.

Get verified, not monitored

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Why “verified” security instead of monitored security?

Easy, Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF).

Verified Security systems allow an Operation Center Operator to see and/or hear a crime in progress, allows the operator to contact the police with a “Verified” crime in progress, eliminates the guessing by the police officer responding to the scene, and best of all, provides a greater probability of putting the bad guys in jail.

Be Earthquake Smart: Tips for Before, During and After the Tremor

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During the recent flurry of baby-proofing in my home, my husband included earthquake-proofing in the mix. As a lifelong Pacific Northwest resident, I’ve become rather immune to the constant low-level attention given to earthquake risk. However, my husband is a recent transplant and takes a more serious view of it.

If you’re like me, you may want to rethink your family’s haphazard earthquake plan. I pulled together a few recommendations from FEMA’s ready.gov site to help you get started.

10 Tips for Safer Travel

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Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or occasional traveler gearing up for the family’s spring break trip, giving attention to the unique security risks of travel will make your journey safer, more secure and more fun.

Here are 10 tips to get you started:

Choosing the Right Security System for Your Business

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For most small business owners, choosing the right security system to protect their company assets can be a little stressful. The information below may make choosing the right security system a little easier.

Knowing that 98% of all burglar alarms received by law enforcement are false alarms, it is imperative to choose not only the right company, but the right security alarm system for the business.

44 Points for Greater Family & Home Security

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You can take action today to better protect your home and ensure your family’s safety. This comprehensive 44-point assessment highlights features that could make your home an attractive target for bad guys. Highlight your “no” answers, then create and prioritize your action plan.

Securing an Empty Building

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Too often property owners mistakenly think they have nothing in their building a thief would want. This is particularly true when a building doesn’t have a tenant. Owners fail to realize the value of the materials used to build the structure. Wiring, pipes, heating and cooling equipment, and the like are worth more than you would think.